Rocket League is 2 years old, so you get a new arena, cars, and exploding goals
Rocket League gets a nice big update to celebrate two glorious years. Rocket League is coming up on two years old, and shows no signs of slowing down. Developer Psyonix continue to nurture the competitive scene while it rolls out hefty updates and keeps the dream alive. First up, there’s a new map, free to everyone, called Champions Field. This competitive-themed arena will be available in all competitive and online playlists, as well as for private matches if you want to get some practice in.
Once the update drops, you’ll find the new Overdrive Crates dropping after online Rocket League matches. These bundles have a chance to drop two new Battle-Cars, the Animus GP and Centio V17, as well as the usual slew of customisation options. The update will also add 18 new songs including tracks by Monstercat, and a new customisation option for Rocket League: goal explosions. More details on that, as well as the updated engine audio system, soundtrack options, achievements and trophies and more, will be provided closer to release. Check out some screenshots and videos on the Rocket League website, though.
The update will close out Rocket League Competitive Season 4 and kick off Season 5, and that means it will deliver rewards for everyone who managed Bronze rank and up. Rocket League remains one of the most-downloaded games on the PSN long after its PS Plus Instant Collection period; it’s just that good.
11 Rocket League tips and tricks for beginners
The barrier to entry for Rocket League is low, but putting the game down once you start is a struggle. If you wish to get better at Rocket League, the first steps are to stop trying so hard and to not forget to have fun. Below are 11 tips to help you climb the ranks of Rocket League. Even if you’re properly rotating and you’re going after the ball, your teammate may have a better angle. Whether you queue for ranked or casual matches, one of the best things you can do is find someone to play with.
Everyone’s play style is different, and being able to read your own teammate and expect their next move will go a long way toward your own improvement. Your teammate will be much more understanding of you missing a save without boost than if you abandon the goal to grab boost and miss the opportunity to defend. Some people play as enforcers, cruising around just aiming for cars. Don’t go out of your way to use it, but if the opportunity presents itself have at it! And try not to get too upset when it happens to you – some players demo to get under your skin and throw you off your game.
Being able to boost in the air to hit the ball is something anyone who hopes to advance at Rocket League should learn. After logging over 900 hours in Rocket League to date, I’ve only just now started to get better at aerials. Toxic players run rampant through Rocket League, both in ranked and unranked matches.
Rocket League’s Tournaments update is live with Nintendo Switch upgrades
Psyonix has pushed out its biggest Rocket League update of 2018, and it includes a number of new features and content as well as a beta version of the Tournaments system. This is a multiplayer feature that enables groups of people to create and participate in an organized event from within Rocket League. While the car-soccer game debuted in 2015 and is ideal for organized play, you had to use external tournament platforms that did not have a lot of integration with Rocket League. In Rocket League Tournaments, anyone can start their own competition and set the parameters. You can choose minimum and maximum competitive ranking, set a password, and choose which arenas everyone will play at.
Thanks to Rocket League’s crossplatfrom play, PC players can take on their friends on Xbox One or Switch. The Switch version is getting some major visual and performance upgrades. Psyonix’s hit now runs at 720p in handheld mode on Nintendo’s hybrid console. That’s up from 576p. In docked mode, Rocket League should hit 900p where it could only reach a maximum of 720p prior to the Tournaments update.
Rocket League also now has a Video Quality option on Nintendo Switch. You can choose either performance or quality, with the former giving you 60fps but a dynamic resolution and quality capping the framerate at 30. Other changes to Rocket League across all platforms include a chat-ban system.